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Guide To Cheap Seats

You're a sophisticated urban professional with a little disposable income and a yen for live theater. You want to indulge in the thrill of a stage production but not make a dramatic dent in your wallet. If you know where to look, seats can be had for less than full price. Here's a sampling of cities with discount-ticket outlets.

Also, keep in mind that most theaters have informal programs to recruit ushers, who are not paid but get to see the show for free. In cities with "Percent for the Arts" programs, local businesses and corporations will sometimes sponsor a free performance.

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Call your local theater for information.

CALIFORNIA

Los Angeles

Times Tix

Beverly Center

(310) 659-3678

San Diego

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Times Arts Tix

Broadway Circle at Horton Plaza

(619) 497-5000

sandiego-online.com/sdpal

San Francisco

TIX Bay Area

Union Square at Stockton Street

(415) 433-7827

www.theatrebayarea.org

Santa Barbara

Hot Spots

36 West State Street

(805) 564-1637

COLORADO

Denver

Nugget Ticket Bus

999 16th Street

(303) 623-1905

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

TICKETplace

1100 Penn Avenue, NW

(Old Post Office Pavilion)

(202) TICKETS

cultural-alliance.org/tickets

GEORGIA

Atlanta

AtlanTix

Underground Atlanta

(404) 873-1185

Web site: atlantatheatres.org

ILLINOIS

Chicago

Hot Tix

108 North State Street

700 North Michigan Avenue

1616 Sherman Avenue, Evanston

(900) 225-2225

also Tower Records locations

MASSACHUSETTS

Boston

BosTix

Copley Square

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Harvard Square

(Holyoke Arcade)

(617) 482-BTIX

boston.com/artsboston

NEW YORK

New York

TKTS

Times Square at 47th and Broadway

(212) 768-1818

www.tdf.org

TKTX

Lower Manhattan at 2 World Trade Center

OHIO

Cincinnati

Tower Tix

Tower Place Mall

(513) 381-8TIX

PENNSYLVANIA

Philadelphia

Upstages

Location varies (summer only)

(215) 893-1145

TEXAS

Austin

AusTix

603 North Lamar (inside BookPeople)

(512) 454-HALF/(512) 454-TIXS

WASHINGTON

Seattle

TICKET/TICKET

401 Broadway East (Broadway Market)Pike Place Market

(206) 324-2744

Correction

In the Jan. 23 Arts & Leisure section, the article about museum outreach initiatives contained incorrect attendance figures for the Museum of Modern Art in New York. For 1993-94, attendance there was 1.5 million; in 1996-97, it was 1.65 million.